Life in ministry can be difficult. There are rewards, many of them, but the reality is that life in ministry also comes with its challenges. Seminaries do an admirable job preparing men and women for ministry in the areas of biblical study, theology, and many of the practical aspects of doing ministry. However, many Christian leaders are inadequately prepared for the hidden hazards and stresses of being in the ministry. We spend our days caring for others, providing for their needs, listening with a loving ear and providing counsel, but where do we go when we need care, counsel, or a listening ear? When faced with burnout, conflict, and the inherent hazards of ministry, where can pastors and missionaries go for a tangible source of encouragement, affirmation, and refreshment?
Alongside is that place!
At Alongside you’ll find licensed professionals with graduate degrees in psychology who are also strongly grounded in the Word of God. Since all of our counselors have had significant experience in full-time ministry, they understand from the inside what it’s like to be in ministry. Having lived it themselves, they have developed a deep commitment to caring for those who have experienced the joys and difficulties of ministry.
At an Alongside Renewal and Growth retreat, you’ll find a safe place—a place where caring, professional counselors can come alongside you as you seek healing and renewed strength for ministry. Learn More about Our Ministry»
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